Perioperative Governance Structure 


Why do some well-designed, best practice program fail while some poorly designed programs run effectively? The answer is governance. A successful perioperative governance team wins the confidence of surgeons, anesthesia, OR nurses and OR managers by balancing the needs of their competing agendas.

Creating a Perioperative Governance Structure to Drive Performance

All active personnel in the perioperative department should be able to answer these questions easily.

Who runs the program?
What rules do they follow?
How is conflict resolved?
Who is accountable for performance?

A perioperative governance structure that is well-designed, well-understood and well-enforced will result in greater OR effectiveness and marketability.

4 Elements that Create a Successful Perioperative Governance Structure

Our team believes that these four elements together form the governance required to support a successful perioperative environment.

1. The Surgery Executive Committee
2. The Surgery Medical Director
3. A Revised Surgery Committee
4. An Effective OR Management Team

Sullivan Healthcare Consulting (SHC) can assist your healthcare organization in selecting the right individuals for these two committees, the surgery medical director role and the OR management team, based on the goals and responsibilities that our experts help define for each position.

Unparalleled Results

Thriving perioperative departments do not happen by accident or overnight, but rather are a result of a well curated governance team and thoughtful physician/stakeholder communication. This is where SHC can provide the most value.

SHC Consultants offer assistance with developing and implementing perioperative area-specific management goals, and our information management consultants will work within the new governance structure to create the reports required to measure progress and encourage improvement.

To learn more about our perioperative governance services and how Sullivan can help improve your organization’s performance, contact us today.

We also offer perioperative consulting, SPD consulting, anesthesia consulting, implementation support, interim management, and ambulatory surgery center services.

Our Clients Say It Best

“We brought Sullivan Healthcare consultants back on a second engagement to assist us to develop a strategic plan to accommodate surgical services volume growth and the shift in service to the ambulatory surgical sites. They analyzed our current state and helped us create a vision for our future state.”
– Lynn Masterson, Vice President, Quality, Resource Management and Surgical Services
Eisenhower Medical Center
Rancho Mirage, California
“Sullivan Healthcare has been wonderful to work with. They provide professional, reliable and competent leaders who integrate with the culture and values of the organization. Sullivan Healthcare is responsive and a pleasure to work with. They are true partners in filling temporary gaps in essential sterile processing leadership roles.”
– Kerry Caldwell, Executive Director, Perioperative Services
City of Hope
Duarte, California
“Sullivan Healthcare Consulting redesigned our complete perioperative program. With the collaborative business and clinical model, we made data-driven decisions that brought positive results in staffing, scheduling, and overall efficiencies. We were able to provide an additional room for add-on cases, enabling our surgeons to take care of those patients during normal operating hours, which increased volume and decreased overtime. Sullivan gave us the tools to facilitate the development of strategies to ensure long-term success.”
– Becky Reese, Financial Manager Surgical Services
High Point Regional Health System-UNC Health Care
High Point, North Carolina

“Sullivan Healthcare is the go-to firm for perioperative consulting.  I have known and worked with Sullivan for many years and multiple projects.  They have the expertise and experience to problem solve and find solutions.  From patient care, flow, management, quality, Sullivan can identify, make recommendations, and implement a plan for best practice for perioperative services.”

Dr. David Lee, Sr., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Virginia Hospital Center
Arlington, Virginia

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